What am I doing?

I have no idea what this blog is going to look like. I have virtually no experience with writing a blog. I should probably be disheartened by this fact, but I’m not. Being a communications major, writing is something I’m used to. Writing about myself for all to see, however, is a little daunting. But so are the changes I want to make. So why not conquer them together?

Speaking of changes, I guess I should start setting goals. I don’t know when I want to accomplish these by, so let’s just say they should happen “eventually.” But let’s not define “eventually” as when I’m 30. We’ll define it as a few months to a year. Here we go:

  • Run a 10K under 57 minutes (about a 9:10 pace)
  • Actually do the speed workouts I say I’m going to do
  • Actually do the strength training I say I’m going to do
  • Just eat better stuff, and less crap

That’s pretty vague. But again, I don’t have structure for anything yet. And these are all attainable goals.  The first goal is a little more specific, and I’m not going to be able to accomplish that without the second and third ones. As I start to do speed and strength workouts (hopefully starting today after work?!), I’ll post exactly what I’ve been doing during them.

As for eating, I tend to eat a lot of crap. My weakness is donuts. And living within a 5 mile range of about 15 Dunkin Donuts does not help. I live in New England, where you can find a Dunks on every single corner! My will power is going to have to increase a lot as I drive past my go-to DD on the way to church every Sunday. Updates to come on that, I’m sure.

This blog is not going to be offering professional workout routines or diet recommendations. I have no grounds to be giving that out. This is more simply going to be a chronicle of my journey to a healthier life, and some encouragement for anyone who chooses to read this. As I mentioned before, I am going to slip sometimes. But that’s what is so great about being human; we aren’t perfect, and it’s in our nature to make mistakes. So if anyone else is trying to lead a healthier life and feels like they can’t because you keep going back to old habits, don’t give up! I’m not planning on it. If I can do this, so can you. Don’t let one bad decision to eat that extra cookie keep you from reaching for the fruit next time.

I’m Done.

That doesn’t sound like a very encouraging title for a first blog post.

What I mean is I’m done with giving excuses as to why I’m not living the way I want. I want to eat more things that are good for me. I want to be able to run a race under a 10-minute pace. I want to make time for working out and planning healthy meals. Yes, I am busy. I am a college student, I have a job, and although my brother would probably tell you otherwise, I do have friends. That can make for a fairly full schedule, but I really would (and should) like to have exercising and eating well as some type of priority, too.

That’s not to say I am totally unhealthy. I ran in a 5k this weekend. My mom and I run in Disney’s Princess Half Marathon every year. And I don’t only eat cake (although, it may have served as my breakfast once before). But, I typically only work out when I know I need to, like when I am training for a race. And although I don’t only eat cake, I also don’t only eat kale (I never eat kale).

I think I’ve finally gotten the kick in the butt I need to actually do this. Although I don’t know how it’s going to happen yet, I thought I would chronicle my changes to keep myself accountable and maybe find some inspiration to give and get back from others. These changes I want to make aren’t going to happen overnight, and I’m probably going to slip up. But I’m human, and I’ve gained enough inspiration from others already that I don’t want to give up on this. This is going to be a lifelong journey of changes.

Why do I think I need these changes? I’m not fat, but I’m not skinny either. I’m not doing this so I can look good in a bikini. I want to have more energy, and learn to make healthier choices that I can continue to make for the rest of my life. I mean, if a hot bod happens to be a side effect, I won’t be complaining, either. But that’s not the focus. I can live with how I look. These changes are something I’ll be able to keep with me my entire life, and hopefully pass along to others.

There have been so many people who have motivated me to start this process already – friends, family, even bloggers or writers I’ve never met – that got me thinking: If I did this, maybe I could be one to inspire others as well. So I thought it would be cool to take this journey alongside you all. Actually, right now I am probably speaking to no one, since this is my first post. And I’ve probably written too much that even if someone did come across this blog, they’ve already stopped reading. So I should probably finish this up.

I’m ready to make the change. Hopefully there will eventually be some others who will join in following this journey, and maybe gain some inspiration of their own to do it as well! I’m sure this will develop some type of structure as I go along, so those of you that bear with me, I promise it will get better 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Megan